Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

Author: John Hammer

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City Buys Apartments To Provide Clean Water

Tuesday night the Greensboro City Council voted unanimously to buy about 40 apartments for $2.8 million. But the purchase has nothing to do with affordable housing, the minimum housing code or any housing issue, the apartments were bought to ensure that Greensboro’s water continues to be safe and clean.

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Renaissance Community Co-op Meeting Sad But Upbeat

The community meeting held Monday night to explain in more detail the reason that the Renaissance Community Co-op grocery store in the Renaissance Shops at 2517 Phillips Avenue was closing on Jan. 25 was a sad occasion with more than a few tears shed, but it was also surprisingly upbeat.

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Carroll Companies Not Building High Point Hotel

When High Point announced that it was building a baseball stadium to promote downtown development in the fall of 2017, Carroll Companies President and CEO Roy Carroll said that he would work with the master developer in an effort to build about a 100-room hotel near the stadium as part of the project.

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Thurm: A Press Release Is Not A Police Report

After the meeting Tuesday, Jan. 8 where the City Council sat and listening to people accuse police officers of killing Marcus Deon Smith and covering it up,  Councilmember Tammi Thurm said that she had a couple of points that she had planned to make during the council comment period usually held at the end of the meeting.

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Rhino Shorts: Jan. 3, 2019

I’ve been wearing a Fitbit for a few months now and it is an amazing device.  Sitting at a long boring City Council meeting I can check and see if boredom makes my heart rate go up or down.  Then I can try to lower my heart rate...

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Under The Hammer: Dec. 12, 2018

It’s pretty funny that the Congressional leaders of the Democratic Party, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, were demanding a closed door meeting with President Donald Trump to discuss funding the border wall. 

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Rhino Shorts: Dec. 6, 2018

We have traditionally run corrections in Rhino Shorts and even though with an online publication there’s not much need for corrections, since you can correct a story at any time, I thought this one was worth running.

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Being A Faux VIP And Lovin’ It

Last Thursday and Friday, I had two days of fame, or at least faux fame. There is no doubt that I looked important as I traveled around Greensboro and Winston-Salem in a black SUV behind a highway patrol car and with an identical black SUV full of men in dark suits following

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City Council Has Knee Jerk Reaction To Public Outcry

The monthly Greensboro City Council town hall meeting Tuesday, Dec. 4 was unusually heated, with a lot shouting and noise from the audience. Near the end of the meeting two councilmembers got into a heated exchange over a statement made by Mayor Nancy Vaughan that the city would hire mental health professionals to assist police.

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Rhino Moving to the Web

Back in May of 2013, after the last issue of The Rhinoceros Times had been produced and delivered, I received a call from Roy Carroll. I was getting a lot of calls from conservatives in the area, so I didn’t think much about this one and have to admit that I didn’t return it promptly.

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Taking a Deeper Look at the 2018 Elections

People, me included, were shocked that Republican Sheriff BJ Barnes lost his reelection bid last week to Democrat Danny Rogers. It was also surprising that District 27 Republican state Sen. Trudy Wade lost to Democrat Michael Garrett. Democratic 13th District congressional candidate Kathy Manning lost her own race to Congressman Ted Budd, but she played in major role in the loss of both Barnes and Wade.

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Rhino Shorts: Nov. 15, 2018

For fans of Rhino Shorts, rest assured the online Rhino Times will continue to publish Rhino Shorts, but they will be posted as they are written throughout the week. Under the Hammer will also be posted throughout the week.

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Under the Hammer: Nov. 15, 2018

The Democrats will control the House in the next session of Congress and they have a choice: They can either make a lot of partisan noise and not get anything done or they can attempt to work with the Republicans toward solving some problems.

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Midterm Elections Now in History Books

The 2018 midterm elections are now history. It appears that both sides came away with wins and losses. The blue wave didn’t materialize but, as was expected, it was not a favorable election for the Republican Party, which controls the White House. In North Carolina, it was a blue moon election with the only statewide races being judicial, and they don’t attract much attention. Voter turnout was 53 percent in Guilford County and 52 percent in North Carolina.

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Local Elections Are Fun

Pretty much everyone had something to be upset about after the election on Tuesday night, but, although I didn’t like the outcome of some of the races, it reminded me of one of the reasons I love local politics.

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Rhino Shorts: Nov. 8, 2018

Sunday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, the day that marks the end of World War I – the war to end all wars. It’s also the 100th anniversary of the armistice between the Allies and Germany that ended World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

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